Series: Game 1 of 3

San Diego leads 1-0 (as of 6/21)

Game 1: Friday, June 21
New York 1Final
San Diego 9
Game 2: Saturday, June 22
New York 1Final
San Diego 0
Game 3: Sunday, June 23
New York 3Final
San Diego 2

Yankees 1

(45-28, 23-14 away)

Padres 9

(32-41, 21-18 home)

    10:05 PM ET, June 21, 2002

    Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California 

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    W: O. Perez (2-0)

    L: D. Wells (7-5)

    MLB's youngest player shuts down Yankees

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The San Diego Padres would have loved to have had this win four years ago.

    Oliver Perez


    Oliver Perez, the youngest player in the majors, has two wins in two career starts -- against the Mariners and Yankees.

    Rookie Oliver Perez, at 20 the youngest player in the majors, won again in his second big league start as the Padres beat David Wells and the Yankees 9-1 Friday night.

    In October 1998, the Yankees completed their World Series sweep with two victories in San Diego. Wells, who went to the same San Diego high school as former Yankee Don Larsen, won Game 1 of that Series despite allowing two homers by Greg Vaughn and one by Tony Gwynn.

    A crowd of 55,858 saw the Padres beat the Yankees with an anemic lineup that had neither of their 3-4 hitters -- Phil Nevin is on the disabled list and Ryan Klesko has a sore right wrist -- and only one player hitting above .250.

    San Diego has only two players left from its '98 Series team, and neither got in the game. Closer Trevor Hoffman wasn't needed and Mark Sweeney is on the DL.

    "To beat a good ballclub like that, you know, it's been a rough year for us, so sure, it's a good feeling,'' manager Bruce Bochy said. "I'm proud of that kid. We made some great plays defensively. It takes a well-played game to beat these guys.''

    Coming off their highest scoring three-game series since 1951, the Yankees managed just one run against Perez (2-0).

    "I thank God that I pitched OK tonight,'' Perez said through a translator. "The defense helped me a lot. I was a little nervous tonight, but I calmed down and did my work.''

    Wells (7-5) allowed the first three runs Friday night and Ramiro Mendoza allowed four in the seventh, including a three-run double by Wiki Gonzalez. Two of the runs in the seventh were unearned because of third baseman Ron Coomer's throwing error.

    Leading 3-1, San Diego loaded the bases with one out in the seventh on infield singles by Deivi Cruz and Ron Gant and Coomer's error on Bubba Trammell's grounder.

    Gonzalez then doubled over the head of left fielder Rondell White, who broke in on the ball and then froze. Gonzalez, who took third on the throw, scored on a fielder's choice.

    Perez, who beat Seattle on Sunday in his major league debut, dodged trouble in the fourth and fifth innings and was backed by three double plays. The left-hander left to a standing ovation after allowing Alfonso Soriano's two-out single in the seventh. He gave up one run and six hits, struck out three and walked five.

    "That's two tough starts for him, Seattle and New York,'' Bochy said.

    Perez walked three and gave up a single in the fourth inning but only allowed White's bases-loaded sacrifice fly that pulled the Yankees to within 2-1. Perez then walked Nick Johnson to load the bases again, but Wells struck out to end the inning.

    Gonzalez, the Padres' catcher, kept telling Perez to trust himself.

    "When he sees Bernie Williams come to home plate, Derek Jeter, you know, the guy's got a big name, he thinks he has to make a perfect pitch,'' Gonzalez said. "I tell him, 'Just let it go, relax, and let the guys behind you make the play, they're going to do it for you. You've just got to trust them.'''

    Jeter was impressed with Perez's composure.

    "We didn't get anything started out there,'' Jeter said. "He was basically in control most of the night.''

    The Padres got to Wells early. Trammell had a two-run single in the first and Mark Kotsay a sacrifice fly in the fourth, which was extended because of a fielding error on Wells.

    "I didn't make good pitches,'' Wells said. "I didn't really feel comfortable on the mound at first.''

    Gant singled in two runs in the eighth.

    Wells lasted six innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits. He struck out seven and walked two.

    In the fifth, Perez put runners on first and second with none out but escaped. Second baseman Julius Matos scooped up Jeter's grounder and tried to tag Soriano as he ran to second, but the ball popped loose for an error. Matos redeemed himself by starting a double play on Bernie Williams' grounder.

    Game notes

    Yankees 1B Jason Giambi was a late scratch with a jammed right thumb. ... Roger Clemens isn't expected to miss a start after being forced out of Thursday's game at Colorado after he was hit on the right forearm by a line drive. Clemens is scheduled to start Wednesday at Baltimore, but manager Joe Torre said he could be pushed back a day or two. ... The Yankees scored 41 runs in three games against Colorado ... RHP Bobby Jones was put on the 15-day disabled list with a strained pitching elbow. RHP Jake Peavy, 21, was promoted from Double-A Mobile and will make his big league debut against the Yankees on Saturday afternoon.

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